Hurricane Katrina Adjustments & Responses

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Hurricane Katrina Adjustments & Responses

  1. 1. Hurricane KatrinaAdjustments and Responses toAlex and Steph
  2. 2. Hurricane KatrinaMost costly disasterin 2005≈ $108 Billion•  August 23rd toAugust 30th, 2005•  Category 5Hurricane•  ≈1,800 fatalities200,000 homes destroyed800,000 displaced•  Louisiana, Florida,Mississippi
  3. 3. LouisianaState itself has$47,500/capitaRank 21 forGDP/capitaContributes to 1.4%of the GDP in theUSANew Orleans: $17,300/capitaBackground
  4. 4. LouisianaBackgroundEthnicity StructureStatewide:32.4% Black persons63.8% White persons3.8% Other personsNew Orleans:60.2% Black persons33.0% White persons6.8% Other persons51% of thefatalities inLouisiana wereblack personsVulnerability SummaryBlack persons, due to USAssegregation in the past.Several lived with poor qualityof life or inadequate housing toprotect themselves•  2000 persons per squaremile in New Orleans•  25.7% below poverty lineo  18.4% statewide
  5. 5. Adjustments Before80% of NewOrleans isbelow sea level•  Man-made Levees and Floodwallso  Over 50 failures of levees and floodwalls•  Hurricane Warning Days in Advance:o  Initially predicted as a level 2 hurricane,but turned into a level 5 overnighto  Approximately 85% of Populationevacuated•  Mayor opened the Superdome for voluntaryevacuation
  6. 6. Responses: CommunityMayor Ray Nagin opened MorialConvention Center as a shelterof last resort in New Orleans.Search and Rescuebegan the afternoonKatrina hit NewOrleansHowever, communicationsbegan to fail around thistime, causing more issuesState ofLouisianadeclared a state ofemergency
  7. 7. Responses: National500 DifferentOrganizations•  Deliveredmaterialso  Food, water,ice, medicine•  Dealt with bodies/mortuary•  Medical services•  Search andrescueFEMA
  8. 8. Responses: InternationalDenmark: Waterpurification unitsRussia: First country tooffer assistance.Supplies and rescueteamPoland: Made offers ofhelp and assistanceAnd many more!Philippines: Offered tosent a 25 team of aidworkers and Red Crossdonated $25,000Severaldonations includeOman: Pledged $15millionJapan: $800,000 worth oftents and emergency supplies,but one individual donated $1million of his own.
  9. 9. Adjustments After:•  Improved Levee and FloodwallSystemo  560 km of Levees and Floodwalls•  Diverted water from Mississippi River to rebuildwetlands•  Established a network of back-up warehouseso  Enough to feed and shelter 350,000 residents
  10. 10. The main factors affecting adjustments andresponse were:•  New Orleans physical location•  Poverty of population/economy•  Lack of communication and poorcoordination•  Rescue, Rehab, Reconstruct•  PreparednessIN CONCLUSION
  11. 11. DANKE!GRACIAS!MERCI!MERCI!THANKYOU!DANKE!
  12. 12. Bibliography•  http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/2255000.html•  http://www.cdcfoundation.org/program/response/katrina•  http://irgc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Hurricane_Katrina_full_case_study_web.pdf•  ^ The best pdf in the world, like seriously.•  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_Hurricane_Katrina_in_New_Orleans•  http://www.livescience.com/22522-hurricane-katrina-facts.html•  http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2007/06/art1full.pdf•  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effect_of_Hurricane_Katrina_on_the_Louisiana_Superdome•  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_government_response_to_Hurricane_Katrina•  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/new-orleans-since-katrina_n_1834696.html

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